Thoreau Announcements 9/22

In this week’s announcements:
Thoreau News: School Committee Updates, Health Office Updates, Halloween Costumes, Book Fair, Yankee Candle Fundraiser, Adult Social
Around Town: Resilient Families Workshop, SEPAC Meeting, CCHS Boys Basketball, STEAM Activities at the Concord Library, Chess Club, Fall Family Festival, SEPAC Coffee, Community Chest Luncheon, CCHS PA on High Schoolers and Sleep, CCYH Oktoberfest, CCM Chorus Project, CFN Halloween Party, Before School Language Program

Save the Date:

Friday, 9/23: Thoreau’ly Green Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria, 9am
Saturday, 9/24: Thoreau Garden Work Day, 1-3pm
Thursday, 9/29: School Pictures
Friday, 9/30: Halloween Costume Sale
Wednesday, 10/12: Principal coffee, Thoreau Main Office, 9:30am
Friday, 10/14: Book Fair Family Night
Saturday, 10/15: Thoreau Garden Work Day
Tuesday, 10/18: PTG meeting, Thoreau School Library, 7pm
Wednesday, 10/19: Book Fair Classroom Visits
Thursday, 10/20: Book Fair Classroom Visits
Friday, 10/21: Book Fair Classroom Visits

The PTG website will contain updates from the school committee as we receive them from Diana Rigby. Please visit and click Resources to find the School Committee Updates. The most recent update can be accessed here: School Committee Report 9.19.16

Health Office Updates

  • Any Injuries, Concussions, Communicable Diseases- please notify School Nurse 978-202-1258
  • Submit yellow Health Emergency forms ASAP
  • 4TH Grade and New students to Thoreau- submit recent Physical Exams and Immunization records ASAP
  • Vision and Hearing Screenings starting next week – you will be notified if your child needs a follow up
  • Donations for clothes always accepted (shirts and elastic waist pants are always needed)
  • Have your child keep an extra set of clothes in their locker (not just for the littles – big kids spill milk, spill paint, have bloody noses, etc.)
  • If child is out ill, call absence line with reason: 978-341-2490 x3690

We Need More Halloween Costumes and Volunteers
Please consider going through your previous year(s) Halloween costumes and donating them this week. The bin in the front hallway is available for drop off or feel free to email me to arrange a drop off/pick up:
Sign up here
Bring the whole family Friday September 30th 5:30-7:30 to our fun Halloween Event! Have dinner, do crafts, maybe pick up a Halloween costume and donate 30 minutes of time to help out.

The Book Fair begins with Family Night, Friday, October 14, 5:30-8:00 and ends with classroom visits Wednesday, October 19 through Friday, October 21.
We are looking for nearly 100 volunteers to donate 2–3 hours of their time to help organize books, be cashiers, provide supervision during classroom visits, and many other small tasks. We also need food donations for Family Night. Go to the Sign Up Genuis form here to see how you can help. Please sign up today! We need many more volunteers!

Used Book collection will begin Tuesday, October 11 and will continue through Friday, October 14. Collect your child’s good quality books now! (Please no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes.) Place your donations in a paper bag and remember to write your child’s teacher’s name and the total number of books donated on the bag and either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall.

Please contact Susan Gillick at or Laura Koh at with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Julie Bailey at with questions about the Used Book Fair.

Fall fundraiser: Yankee Candle
2 ways to shop: Your child will bring home a packet, you may browse the catalog and use the included order form or go on-line with the following link:
group number 990070371
Don’t forget to send this to grandparents/loved ones 🙂
2 important notes:
1.  Order forms must be received back to school by October 7
2.  Thoreau gets to keep 40% of all money collected!!
Any questions, please contact Jenifer Perry at or 631-786-7861

Back to School, Back to the Madness!
Love the start of the school year, but feel like all you do is wave to other Thoreau parents from your car, the bus stop, the playing fields, etc.? We can help. Please save the date for the annual Thoreau School Adult Social on Saturday November 19th @ 7:00 p.m, at the Concord Art Association.  A fun evening to meet new Thoreau parents and catch up with old friends in a unique setting.  We promise no Goldfish or Pirates Booty will be served, so book that sitter now!

The Center for Parents and Teachers invites interested parents to an 8-week evening workshop series on “Ways to Help Your Family Be Healthier and More Resilient”, held on Wednesday evenings beginning September 28.  Respond quickly as only a few spots remain!

Would you have an interest in learning new skills and gaining insights that would ease transitions and bring smoothness to your routines with your young child? Would you like to learn how to deal more effectively when tempers flare? You can expect to come away from this free 8-part workshop with strengthened family relationships and a greater understanding of child development. Appropriate for families with at least one child aged 3-6 years old. Facilitated by Patricia Marquis, LICSW, one of our most popular presenters this workshop allows for group interaction and beneficial feedback.  Pre-registration for this small group series is required. Simply email and type “Resilient Families” in the subject line. Include the ages of your children, address, and phone #. Questions? Call Sally at 978-202-1143. The workshop will be held in Concord on Wednesdays 9/28, 10/5, 12, 19, 26, 11/2, 9, 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Detailed directions will be sent once upon registration.  Learn more about the Center for Parents and Teachers at

SEPAC Meeting (Free & Open to the Public), Thursday, September 22nd, 9:30-11:30am, Fowler Branch Library, Concord. We encourage parents and caregivers of children on IEPs, receiving accommodations (e.g., 504 plan), or with any medical or special need to attend. All SEPAC meetings are open to the public, and take place every other month. Please contact the SEPAC directly with any questions at More information on SEPAC, please visit our website: www://

CCHS Boys’ Basketball Preseason Clinic for children in grades 3-8 will be held on Wednesday nights starting on September 21st at CCHS. Registration can be completed through Concord Recreation either at the Hunt Gym or online at Concord Rec Registration. Grades 3-6 are held at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and Grades 7-8 are held at 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The clinic runs weekly for 5 session and is $125.

The clinic is run by Varsity Head Coach David Cohen, Assistant Coach Aaron Joncas and the CCHS Basketball staff. It is designed for players of all abilities to prepare them for the upcoming season and will feature drills, team concepts and scrimmages. It promises to be a lot of fun and get boys ready for basketball!

The Children’s Room of the Concord Free Public Library will celebrate  the end of our yearlong exploration of STEAM activities with a book talk given by illustrator Mary Newell Depalma on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Children’s Room.
The author & illustrator of Two Little Birds and The Grand Old Tree will talk about how nature inspires her picture book creations. After the talk, join us in making a nature craft to welcome the Fall season. Bpoks available for signing.  Open to all.

Before-school Chess Club
Interested in Chess? For the fall semester, I would like to organize a before-school Chess class in Thoreau. The teacher is Vadim Martirosov, a highly experienced Chess Master, who teaches Concord Carlisle Chess Club and the before-school chess class in the Willard school. The class will meet once per week for a 10-week session, with a start date on Sept. 26 or Oct. 3. Please Let me know if your kids are interested.
Date: Monday
Time: 8:00am-8:50am
Grades: open to all grades
Number of students: maximum 16
Cost: $80 (if 16 students attending, as Mr. Martirosov charges $125 per lesson)
Meet place: Thoreau school

Celebrate fall with an afternoon of fun family activities at the new Playscape at Ripley in Concord (120 Meriam Road at the Ripley School Administration Building)! Our Fall Family Festival will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, and feature the annual Concord Family Network Fire Truck Wash, animals from Drumlin Farm, a StoryWalk from First Connections, an art activity with Musketaquid Arts & Environment, pumpkin golf and a pumpkin shot put with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley, games with Concord SEPAC, and face painting with the Concord Integrated Preschool. Reasons to be Cheerful will also be selling their delicious homemade ice cream. Event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will happen rain or shine (Festival moved to Ripley Gymnasium in the event of rain).  To help with planning, please RSVP via EventBrite.

Concord SEPAC Parent Coffee & Meet the Special Education Director (Free), Thursday, October 13th, 9:30-11:00am, Ripley Administration Conference Room, Concord. Join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year! Our special guest will be Concord and Concord-Carlisle Special Education Director Jessica Murphy, who will give us an overview of special education in our districts. Please forward your questions in advance to so Jessica can address them in her presentation. Afterwards, please stay for refreshments to meet the SEPAC Board and other parents/guardians. For planning purposes, an RSVP is appreciated but not required:  http://www. ncord-sepac-parent-coffee- tickets-27609032359If you’re willing to bring a snack or refreshment, please contact our Event Organizer, Shaina, at

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Women in Philanthropy Luncheon
The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will host its 6th annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon on Friday, October 14, 2016 featuring an inspiring panel discussion on how local philanthropy and volunteerism is having an impact on global issues – and vice-versa.
The luncheon will be held at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $50 per person, please visit the Community Chest website at  to purchase tickets or call the office at (978) 369-5250.

High Schoolers and Snooze Buttons: The New Public Health Crisis -Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Please join the CCHS PA for an important evening that will take an in-depth look at what is being called an epidemic and national crisis for American high schoolers: insufficient sleep.  An esteemed panel of speakers led by Dr. Judith Owens from Boston Children’s Sleep Center will review current research on sleep patterns in adolescents, factors contributing to chronic sleep loss, and health-related consequences, such as depression, risky behaviors, increased obesity risk, and higher rates of drowsy driving accidents. The panel will also discuss the potential role of policy changes such as reduced homework and later school start times as a means of reducing the adolescent sleep crisis. Event is FREE but Registration is Required.

CCYH Oktoberfest 2016
Support CCYH and join the fun in our first ever exciting reverse draw raffle for a chance to win $10,000!
Saturday, October 22nd at 7pm
Concord Country Club
Traditional Oktoberfest Fare and Fun,  Dress code is dressy casual, no jeans please.
$60 per person — Visit to get your tickets today!
Raffle tickets sold separately.  See website for details.

CCM’s Concord Youth Chorus Project
Allow your child’s confidence to grow and soar! Your child will enjoy singing, gain poise, hone their social skills, create new friendships and improve academic success, simply by joining a singing group. This fall, the Concord Conservatory of Music’s Concord Youth Chorus Project, for children in 3rd through 8th grades, provides an opportunity on Mondays. We continue to take registrations for both the Treble Chorus (grades 3rd through 5th) and Mixed Chorus (grades 6th through 8th). Both groups will receive training in vocal technique and musicianship, and explore a wide variety of musical genres including folk, jazz, pop, Broadway, and world music. Each semester will culminate in a concert, allowing students to display the results of their work.To register your child for the Youth Chorus visit our website.  CCM aspires to have everyone experience the benefits of singing, regardless of ability or need. Financial assistance is available if needed.

Come join us at the Concord Family Network’s annual Halloween Costume Party on Sunday, October 23rd, from 3:30 to 5 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden St). All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, raffle, costume parade and treats. We will be donating half of the raffle proceeds to Cradles to Crayons. The event is free to CFN members and $3 per child (up to $10 per family) for non-members.

Berlitz Before-School Language Programs with Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education
If your child is interested in learning Spanish or Mandarin, join us before school from 7:50 – 8:50 am. Spanish starts Tuesday, 9/27 and Mandarin starts Thursday, 9/29. Visit or call 978-318-1432 today!